Most kids think in very concrete terms. Big is better, small is well, smaller, or less desirable. When we teach children about God, we remind them that He is the creator of the universe, bigger and better than anything we can image or think. He is The Supreme Being, the Alpha, the Omega, the Savior, the Lord the Creator. He is love; He is light, He is truth. He is righteousness. He is God!
God’s character and being are so beyond what we can understand it is hard to put into words. In the Exodus when Moses met with God at the burning bush, he asked God what His name was. God’s answer was “I am Who I am.” (Exodus 3:14). Again, words cannot adequately explain God.
So in kid’s terminology, God is Very Big- The Very Biggest. I am sure that most of us would agree with this generalization. But do we really believe it?
When I sit and read my Bible, or hear an excellent message on Sunday, I am encouraged to trust and rely on our Very Big God. After all, He is the Very Biggest.
Then Monday comes, and life begins to test my resolve. As the challenges of the day bleed into the week, I find myself working to handle, resolve and fix things. Addressing the challenges that come before us is important, as long as we remember to trust God in the midst, and in the leadership of those actions that we take. The problem comes when:
- When we begin to insert our own set of controls, little by little becoming more self-directed and less dependent on God’s leadership in our lives
- When we insert our own ability to handle, resolve and fix things. Relying less on God’s power and wisdom.
- When we do this, we make ourselves a little bigger and our God a little smaller.
- This is a good time to stop and remember the story in the Gospel of Mark chapter nine when a father brings his son to Jesus for healing. Jesus questions his belief in Him.
When our need to control, or take charge -handle all of the stuff life throws at us becomes overwhelming, maybe it is time to remember that God is the very biggest and we need to be smaller. We need to be like the father in the scripture above and confess that we do believe, but our belief or trust in God must get bigger, to grow and trust Him more.
We can live very defeated and frustrated lives if we do not rely on our Very Biggest God. When we work to let go our need to control things and trust Him to be the Big God that He is, then we can lean into His power, His knowledge, His peace, and His love. He becomes bigger to us, and we learn to become more trusting and dependent on Him. After all, He is the Very Biggest!
Lori Ferguson serves as Children's Director at NUMC, and has been at the church since 2015. When she's not planning or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her grandkids. Read more about Lori here.